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My problem is when I try to lower my spare tire with the cable winch the tire only lowers a few inches but the cable lowers completely. How do I get my spare tire to lower?

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CAN YOU PULL ON THE TIRE WHILE YOU LOWER IT. IT MIGHT BE GETTING CAUGTH UP IN THE CABLE HOUSING

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